Especially true for busy gardeners who won’t have a moment peace until well after September has past. What with the end of many of our late summer vegetable crops, like courgettes and squash and the start of winter onions, leeks, garlic and green manures.
Not to mention the fact that as the grass cutting slows down, September is the time to think about lawn care, scarifying and aeration plus the application of an Autumn feed, weed and moss killer.
Gardening jobs to do in September…
Gardening jobs to do in September:
- Order Spring bulbs for planting in the next few weeks.
- Plan your 2015 vegetable garden following your crop rotation programme.
- Order your winter vegetable seeds and onion sets.
- Choose a winter Garlic for planting mid Oct.
- Sow Spinach as the weather cools down.
- Cut back perennials that have finished flowering, to encourage a flush of fresh foliage.
- Mulch bare soil with well rotted homemade garden compost.
- Dead head Autumn flowering perennials to prolong flowering.
- Pick pears as they start to ripen.
- Collect and store or juice your excess apples.
- Sow Winter hardy Green manure on any empty vegetable beds.
- Liven up your pots or baskets with Cyclamen, violas and winter heathers and grasses.
- Clean your Glasshouse or Polytunnel remove algae to improve light levels.
- Continue mowing but increase the height of cut.
- Scarify your lawns to remove moss and thatch, one week later apply an Autumn weed & feed.
- Begin collecting leaves, compost the oak and beech as they are the best.
- Divide any large rhubarb plants replant the best for increased yield.
- Clean up grasses removing dead leaves and broken seed heads.
- Start deadheading Lavender, cut back to encourage growth of new shoots.
- Continue deadheading roses, clean up any diseased leaves on or around the stems.